Patient Handout: An Overview of Stroke


A stroke is caused by bleeding in the brain or a blocked blood vessel. Sometimes a stroke can develop gradually, but usually strokes occur suddenly with few warning signs.A person having a stroke is not getting enough oxygen to the brain. Brain cells begin dying within minutes from the lack of oxygen.brain during a stroke

The effects of a stroke can be severe and long lasting, so it’s important to know early on if someone is having a stroke. The sooner a stroke is detected and treated, the better chance a person has at recovery.

Our patient handout details the warning signs of stroke, the importance of fast-acting stroke treatment, and ways to prevent the occurrence.


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Autumn Heisler
Autumn Heisler

Autumn Heisler is a former staff writer for ADVANCE for Nursing.

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